As a life-long Trekkie one thing has vexed me more than all others, how is Deep Space Nine the Star Trek that time forgot? On Canada’s Space channel, they dedicate three hours in the afternoon every weekday to Trek: the original series, The Next Generation, and Voyager, and it sticks in my craw that Voyager, a show that struggled to maintain a steady level of mediocrity for seven years, gets that third slot ahead of what is, arguably, the best modern Trek series. That’s a bold statement, but in the next couple of columns, I hope to lay out my case. (more…)
With a career spanning six decades and over 200 different roles on big and small screens, the loss of John Hurt cannot be understated. Still hard at work at the age of 77, even while suffering from the ravages of stomach cancer, Hurt was one of the most recognizable and reliable character actors of our time, and his presence and persistence will be sorely missed in the years to come. But before saying a final goodnight to the tremendous talents of John Hurt, let’s take a minute to remember all he was to the nerdy among us, and recall his Top 10 Nerdiest roles in the movies and on TV. (more…)
When you hear people talk about “the Hollywood machine” it’s best to picture a contraption with a conveyor belt leading to a steel chute full of hammers and spinning blades. Good scripts are like adorable lambs who look at you with big, trusting eyes as you tearfully place them on the belt and assure them that they’re going to a big multiplex theater upstate where all the popcorn is free and none of the usherettes have acne. One man who knows the ins and outs of the machine better than most is supernerd Kevin Smith. While some of his scripts have staggered into cinemas, many more have become clogged in the cogs and gears. If he’s still got the fight in him, here are five Kevin Smith projects we’d like to see him resurrect.
This week’s Trek Bastard was going to look back at the problems at a previous incarnation of Star Trek, but the problems of the present keep presenting themselves. As you may have heard, Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed again, moved off from its premiere perch of this coming May on CBS All Access to parts unknown. Even though the series is supposed to start shooting next week, CBS/Paramount has offered no new release date for the series, which the studio has been pushing for over a year now, and while on the one hand we may be able to appreciate a deliberate pace with development, we’ve all got to wonder if Discovery’s maybe gone off the rails. (more…)
Chadwick Boseman’s measured performance of the hero-king of Wakanda in Captain America: Civil War was a highlight of Marvel’s eight-year box office reign. But Black Panther wasn’t just one of Civil War’s best characters, he was also one of the truest comics to screen adaptations. Panther was handled with respect and reverence to the character persona and classic look. Marvel did him right.
Thanks to his debut in Civil War, this character, who’s history has spanned 50 years in the comics, is on the pulpit of pop culture like never before. To commemorate Black Panther into the MCU and beyond comes a 1/6th scale collectible figure from Hot Toys.
Nerd Bastards was fortunate to receive a sample figure from our friends at Sideshow Collectibles. Join us, as we marvel at it’s splendor. (more…)
In looking back at Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country late last year, director Nicholas Meyer said in an interview that his one regret on the project was that he was kind of naive at the time. The end of the Cold War, which served as a thematic basis for the story, was not the end of history as they had though. Indeed life 25 years after the end of the Cold War might be even more dangerous, and ever more unpredictable than the 45 year stand-off between super powers. Despite Meyer’s personal feelings though, it’s hard to argue that The Undiscovered Country isn’t as prescient today as it was a quarter of a century ago. (more…)
2016 left us with no shortage of nerdy television shows to watch and we can sit back and relax without fear since 2017 will be no different. Not only are will boob tube lovers be treated with continued seasons of Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who (Finally!), and much more; some amazing new series are set to premiere this year, which every nerd should put on their must watch list. (more…)
It’s a terribly kept secret that there’s too much good TV to watch; for every series you manage to finish watching, there’s two more already queued up and ready to binge. It’s an embarrassment of riches, as in you’re embarrassed when people ask you if you’ve seen the hot new show and you’re forced to answer “no” because, hey, there are only so many hours in a day… That’s what you need semi-professional critics for. In reviewing the last 12 months, and looking at the plethora of sci-fi, superhero, horror, and other genre TV shows, we’ve paired it all down to a Top 10. Here, in our humble estimation, are the Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2016! (more…)
As one of the founding members of the Justice League, Princess Diana of Themyscira has been one of pop culture’s most influential heroines for decades. In her years fighting injustice, she has taken on everyone from Hitler to Superman. With a new movie on the horizon bringing her story fully into the modern DC cinematic universe, Wonder Woman is as powerful a character today as she ever has been. This month marks the 75th anniversary of her first ever comic appearance. The Amazon princess and immortal warrior has become an iconic role model for woman the world over. (more…)
Before Ant-Man made his big-screen debut, if fans were asked whether they would ever imagine dropping a couple hundred dollars for an Ant-Man figurine, the question would have been met with a hearty balk look followed by a “How dare you, sir!” slap across the face, but here we are. Ant-Man got his solo movie and a favorable return appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Oh, how easily those early doubters were converted into fans. What was once a laughably lame hero (“You mean his power is he can make himself really small?”) turned out to be far more impressive than anyone would or could have expected – the character was received as a charming and winning edition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Suddenly, spending a little scratch on a high-end collectible Ant-Man figure doesn’t sound so absurd. (more…)